Summer Salad

We had a spell of unbearably warm weather the last couple of months here in sunny Colombo. It’s just this week that the dry spell has been broken with rain showers. Cooling salads became a regular part of our meals during the last several weeks so I felt like sharing a salad post this week. A simple, colourful and cooling salad.

summer salad

Instead of the usual music videos that I share with my food posts, this week, I am extending a special invitation to you to join Fiesta Friday. I am delighted to co-host Angie‘s Fiesta Friday #119 with Diann@Of Goats and Greens. Fiesta Friday is a linky party initiated by Angie, the Novice Gardener. The fiesta is a congenial place to share your post of the week, usually food posts, and interact with the other party-goers by checking out their party submissions and commenting. Everyone is welcome to bring their post of the week to the party and check out the link party guidelines, if it is your first time. Click on the image below to join the party 🙂

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Summer Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Carrot – 1, medium
  • Beetroot – ½
  • Onion – ½
  • Grated/ scraped coconut, fresh – ½ cup
  • Green chillies – 2 or 3
  • Gotu kola (scientific name: Centella Asiatica) – ½ cup
  • Tomato – 1
  • Cucumber – 1
  • Lime – 1
  • Salt and pepper, to tasteIMG_0208


  1. Lightly fry the chopped onion and chillies in a frying pan. Add the grated coconut and gotu kola leaves to the pan and stir fry for 2 – 3 mins.
  2. Transfer the contents of the pan to a food processor and process it.
  3. Add the juice of half a lime and salt, to taste, to the ground gotukola mix.
  4. Clean and grate the carrot and beetroot separately.
  5. Divide the juice of the remaining half of the lime between the grated carrot and beetroot. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Arrange the salad on a plate with the green gotu kola mix in the center surrounded by the grated carrot and beetroot.
  7. Add the sliced cucumber and tomato to the salad plate.
  8. Enjoy the cooling salad on its own or with a little rice.



Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

28 thoughts on “Summer Salad

  1. I really like this kind of things. They are very helpful. People eat very unhealthy takeaways but if one eats these kinds of salads, then it is better in many ways. Well done.

  2. Hi cohost! This looks really pretty and colorful! At the moment it’s pretty hard to think of any cooling salads. It’s been unseasonably cool here. But come Summer, I’ll be thinking of this! Thanks for cohosting! 😄

    • Hi Angie! And, thanks for the opportunity to cohost 🙂 It’s been unseasonably warm here to the extent that schools in some parts of the country even considered closing by noon each day. So, it has been easier to think of salads than any cooked food. 🙂

      • Salads are nothing but vegetables and they are healthy when compared to any fried meat products. To keep healthy try eat salads but try not to add too much salt and oils. You may add some pepper and mustard but try and avoid too much salt. Thanks Hector Perera

  3. Oh yes, bring on the salads, yours looks so pretty. I hope your heat is not too unbearable. The weather world-wide has become so unpredictable. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Thanks, Loretta. The heat was indeed too unbearable in March and April but fortunately this week, we have had some respite with a rainy week. Happy fiesta to you too! 🙂

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